District 9 eNews - Thursday, March 23, 2017

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Councilman Bill Hollander
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Café LOUIE – Meet Your Legislators –

March 25

Café LOUIE is a partnership between the 2015 Bingham Fellows, the Leadership Louisville Center, and the Friends of the Louisville Free Public Library. Join State Senator Morgan McGarvey and me for an informal meeting this Saturday, March 25 from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. at the Crescent Hill Library, 2762 Frankfort Avenue.

cafe LOUIE

Free Narcan Training & Kits – March 27


The Kentucky Harm Reduction Coalition will offer a free Naloxone (also referred to by its brand name as Narcan®) training session, teaching people how to use medication to reverse the effects of overdose from heroin and other opioid drugs and prevent death. The free training is open to the general public including first responders and to the family and friends of those who use heroin or other opioid drugs. Free kits or prescriptions for Naloxone will be available after the training. The training will be held on Monday, March 27 at 6:30 p.m. at United Crescent Hill Ministries (UCHM), 150 S. State Street.

Naloxone is a medication called an “opioid antagonist” used to counter the effects of opioid overdose.  It is used in heroin and other opioid drug overdoses to counteract life-threatening depression of the central nervous system and respiratory system, allowing an overdose victim to breathe normally.

Bike Network Meeting – March 27

bike network meeting

Make plans to attend a meeting to give input on the latest plans for Louisville's Urban Bike Network. Tables will be set up at the Urban Design Studio to discuss:

  • The Neighborway Network
  • Central Business District Connections
  • High demand segments of the citywide network
  • Bike Share station and parking suggestions
  • Bike facilities updates

The meeting is Monday, March 27 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Urban Design Studio, 507 S Third Street.

Money for the Bunny Karaoke – March 28

Money for Bunny

The "Money for the Bunny" karaoke fundraiser will be held on Tuesday, March 28th from 7:00 to 9:00 pm at The Hub Louisville at 2235 Frankfort Avenue. Money raised from this event will be used to offset the fees for parade security and barricades.

This karaoke fundraiser features popular Frankfort Avenue Business Association restaurant owners and chefs, business owners, employees and neighborhood celebrities alike belting out their favorite tunes. Some even wear costumes! You won’t want to miss it. DJ and karaoke services will be provided by French Kiss Productions. Tara Bassett will serve as emcee.

The cost to sing or to nominate someone to sing is $25. Come cheer on Frankfort Avenue celebrities including...the owner of the Wine Rack, the Silver Dollar, Clifton's Pizza, Bourbon's Bistro, Porcini's Restaurant, Red Hog, St. Joseph Children's Home, the Easter Bunny and many, many more. Prizes are awarded NOT to the participant with the best voice but the participant who raises the MOST MONEY!

Bring your crew of friends and vote early and vote often ($2.00 per vote). You may also bring canned goods to be donated to United Crescent Hill Ministries. 

In addition to money raised through karaoke, the Hub is donating 10% of all food and drink sold at the Hub that evening. There is no cover fee. Children are welcome with adults until 9:00 pm.

Irish Hill Land Use Study

Irish Hill Land Use Study

I am sponsoring an ordinance for a land use study along the Lexington Road corridor in Irish Hill.  The study will evaluate current and potential land uses under the existing zoning designations and recommend any appropriate zoning map amendments for the study area to address conflicting and incompatible land uses.  The Lexington Road Study area runs from Baxter Avenue to just east of Spring Street.

In the six month period in which the study is being done, there would be a moratorium on the acceptance and further processing of any applications for rezoning, conditional use permits, subdivisions and other specified plans in the study area.   The ordinance notes that the study area “contains a variety of zoning classifications and land uses that are conflicting or have the potential to create land uses that are incompatible in terms of intensity, external impacts, building scale and types, and otherwise are contrary to a well-planned and cohesive neighborhood.”

The proposed ordinance will be considered in committee next week and could come before the full Council on April 13.  The ordinance is here:  https://louisville.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=2987218&GUID=AF5CA94C-FEB4-49FF-A61C-22AB69857928&FullText=1.  A Courier-Journal article about it is here: http://www.courier-journal.com/story/news/local/2017/03/21/councilman-hollander-seeks-hold-irish-hill-projects/99457688/

MSD Presents at D9 Community Conversation

MSD meeting

Flooded roadways, destroyed homes and raw sewage overflows are reminders that our city’s ability to thrive depends on the most basic public health and safety protection systems – wastewater, stormwater and flood protection.  MSD has completed an extensive analysis of these systems, and input is needed from the community to determine how soon the critical projects should be completed.


The difficult truth is the solutions come with a price tag of $4.3 billion over the next 20 years.  This includes almost $500 million to finish the remaining Consent Decree projects to meet the federal order to reduce sewer overflows.  Recognizing the magnitude of the impact on ratepayers and the community, MSD is embarking on a wide-reaching community conversation, including at our D9 meeting this week.  

Thank you to those who attended the meeting! For those who missed it, a dedicated website can be found at http://www.louisvillemsd.org/CriticalRepairPlan that includes:

  • A video message offering an overview of the challenge and the opportunity to engage
  • Brief summaries of the six categories of risk to public health and safety including local pictures of real consequences
  • Links to the full Critical Repair & Reinvestment Plan for review (hard copies of Volume 1 have also been distributed to every public library in the county through March 1)
  • A comment form to provide direct input on the Plan (http://louisvillemsd.org/community-input-form)

Redline Interactive Map and Community Meeting

On Tuesday, February 14th, Louisville Forward released an interactive map "examining the historical impacts of redline policies and recent trends in segregation, wealth creation, property abandonment, and development." Louisville Metro government along with community partners will be holding three community dialogues. The purpose of the dialogues is to analyze how redlining still impacts current Louisville residents and how local government can alleviate these problems.

Please plan to attend the Thursday, March 28 meeting from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. at New Directions, 1000 E. Liberty Street. Click here to view map.

Redline Interactive Map

Sustainability Story: FREE Tree Giveaways

Free Tree Giveaway

Louisville Metro Division of Community Forestry is hosting two more free tree giveaways on Saturday, March 25 and Saturday, April 15. This is a continued effort to assist Louisville to reach the goal of 45% tree canopy cover by 2040.

  • March 25th from Noon – 2:00 p.m. at Jefferson Community and Technical College, Downtown Campus (2nd and Broadway)
  • April 15th from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. at University of Louisville’s Ernst Hall (216 Eastern Parkway)

There are fifteen (15) native species of trees to choose from and recipients can take home up to three (3) trees each (while supplies last).  Each tree that is distributed comes with a species specific fact sheet, directions on how to plant the tree, and water instructions.  The knowledgeable staff of the Division of Community Forestry will be on hand to assist recipients with their tree selection. 

Recipients need to provide proof that they are a resident of Louisville (Jefferson County), and agree to plant the tree on private property, and to care for it.  The trees that are going to be distributed are in three (3) gallon containers and are easily transported home in a compact car.

We’d like to feature your sustainability story - a resident or business doing good things for the environment.  Riding the bus, bicycling, walking, gardening and more - our eNews will feature practices which can benefit all of us.  Send your story to Bill Hollander or Kyle Ethridge

Brightside Premium Compost Sale

Get ready for spring with Brightside and Waste Management of Kentucky’s Premium Compost Sale on Saturdays, March 25 & April 29 from 9:00 a.m. – Noon at the Outer Loop Recycling and Disposal Facility, 2673 Outer Loop.

Brightside compost sale

D9 Spring Community Cleanup – April 8

brightside cleanup

If you’ve been complaining about litter, here’s a chance to do something about it.


Please plan to join me and Legislative Assistant Kyle Ethridge on Saturday, April 8, for the D9 Spring Community Cleanup. In partnership with Brightside, we will be cleaning up Frankfort Avenue in preparation for the Frankfort Avenue Easter Parade. Volunteers should plan to meet at 8:30 a.m. for breakfast sandwiches, provided by the Clifton McDonald’s, and hot coffee, provided by Heine Brothers’ Coffee. The cleanup will officially start at 9:00 a.m. beginning at the Frankfort and Keats public parking lot and fanning out along Frankfort Avenue. The District 9 office will provide bags, gloves, tools and t-shirts on a first-come, first-served basis.

If you would like to register your own neighborhood team through Brightside for the normally scheduled date – Saturday, April 15, please click here.

Notice of Planning & Design Public Meetings

For basic details for below case/s please visit http://www.louisvilleky.gov/PlanningDesign/Click on “Search Case Information” link on the left navigation bar.  Then select the “home” tab and select the type of case and enter the above case number.  For specific case information please call or email the listed case manager.  If you have any questions please contact Planning & Design directly at 574-6230.

Planning and Design

LMPD Door To Door Solicitor Safety Tips


With the weather warming, door to door solicitors are increasing.  Although most of these solicitors are legitimate and associated with legitimate companies, some are not.  LMPD has already received some reports of door to door solicitors in the District.  LMPD has not associated any criminal incidents related to door to door solicitors but they did want to pass on these tips for you.

  • First and foremost, do not let them into your home for any reason.  Do not allow them to use your phone or restroom.  
  • Do not give them money.
  • If you have any doubts they are legitimate, ask for identification or credentials.  
  • Do not provide any personal information.
  • You have the right to tell them no thank you, ask them to leave and close the door. 

Call LMPD (574-7111) if you have any reason to believe they are not legitimate or refuse to leave.  Also if you observe them looking in windows, trying doors or entering people’s back yards, call LMPD immediately.  If they become aggressive, irate or hostile, you can call 911 immediately. 

Please call LMPD when the activity is occurring so officers can respond to the area and try to locate the subject and determine if they are legitimate. 

Metro Ordinance 115.361 lists some general rules about solicitors: http://www.amlegal.com/codes/client/louisville-jefferson-county_ky/   

Don’t Wait Until April, Make Your Tax Appointment!


My office is partnering with the Louisville Asset Building Coalition (LABC) to provide FREE tax preparation services again in 2017. The service is FREE if you earned $55,000 Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) or less in 2016 or if you qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). Call the office today to see if you qualify and make your appointment! Appointments are available on Fridays (April 7, 14) between 9:15 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Please call the office at 574-3908 to make an appointment.                              

Do you instead file your own taxes? Through the LABC website there are two options to self-file online. The “Turbo Tax Freedom Edition” is available if you have $31,000 or less in income. The software has a well-designed interview process that guides you through the process of making decisions about your filing status, inputting your income and making decisions about deductions and tax credits for which you may qualify. The other option is “My Free Taxes”, which is available if you make $62,000 or less. This program is developed by H&R Block and uses an interview process. Please visit, http://labcservices.org/index.php/free-tax-filing-at-labc-services, for more information.

AARP also offers free tax services at Clifton Christian Church, 131 Vernon Avenue, in D9 on Wednesdays from 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. More information is available here or by calling 394-3433.

Rental Property Deadline Coming Soon

rental property sign

The deadline to register your rental property is coming up on April 3, 2017. All property located in Louisville Metro and occupied or offered for occupancy in exchange for money or any other consideration must be registered with Louisville Metro Government. Failure to register is subject to a fine up to $100 per day per housing unit. Registration must include the rental unit street address along with current contact information of the owner and managing operator.

Registration requires an account with Develop Louisville. Visit, https://www.louisvilleky.gov/government/codes-regulations, to establish an account and access the registry, or to get detailed information and instructions on registry requirements.

My office is happy to assist District 9 residents that are experiencing issues with the registration process. Please contact my Legislative Assistant, Kyle Ethridge, by phone at 574-3908 or email.

District 9 Calendar Events

Below are some Ninth District calendar events!  To view a full listing of events please visit the District 9 Blog at http://district9news.wordpress.com/.  If you would like to submit events to be considered for the blog calendar please email Kyle Ethridge or call 574-1109.

Thursday, March 23: Crescent Hill Library, 2762 Frankfort Avenue, to host a movie discussion group on A River Runs Through It at 6:30 p.m. Questions, please contact the branch at 574-1793.

Thursday, March 23: Carmichael's Bookstore, 2720 Frankfort Avenue, to host Kevin Gibson at 7:00 p.m. to discuss new book, Secret Louisville, a guide to many of the weird, wonderful, obscure and haunted places here. Questions, please call the store at 896-6950.

Friday, March 24: Did you earn $55,000 or less in Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) in 2016?  If the answer is yes, you might qualify for FREE tax preparation!  The 9th District has partnered again with the Louisville Asset Building Coalition to provide FREE VITA tax preparation to anyone making $55,000 or less.  To make an appointment or for more information, please call the 9th District office at 574-1109.  Appointments are available between 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at United Crescent Hill Ministries, located at 150 S State Street.

Saturday, March 25: Crescent Hill Library, 2762 Frankfort Avenue, to host Cafe LOUIE from 9:00 -  10:00 a.m. Meet your local legislators! These informal meetings take place on Saturday mornings from 9-10 a.m. at library locations throughout Jefferson County. Legislators include state representatives and senators along with Metro Council and suburban city elected officials. Café LOUIE is a partnership with the 2015 Bingham Fellows, the Leadership Louisville Center, and the Friends of the Louisville Free Public Library. Questions, please contact the branch at 574-1793.

Saturday, March 25: Crescent Hill Library, 2762 Frankfort Avenue, to host Wild Irish Women at 2:00 p.m. Irish Society of Kentuckiana Vice-President Peggy Baas shares stories of famous women of Ireland. Questions, please contact the branch at 574-1793.

Monday, March 27: St. Matthews Library, 3940 Grandview Avenue, to host iPad for beginners from 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. Learn the basics of iPad usage including adding/removing apps, taking pictures, using facetime and basic care taking tips. Call to register. Questions, please contact the branch at 574-1771.

Tuesday, March 28: Crescent Hill Library, 2762 Frankfort Avenue, to host eBay for sellers at 2:00 p.m. Join in for a discussion and introduction to the world of selling on eBay. Questions, please contact the branch at 574-1793.

Tuesday, March 28: St. Matthews Library, 3940 Grandview Avenue, to host iPad for beginners part 2 from 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. There are thousands of apps available to iPad users. Come learn how to use a few of the most important apps everyone has. Call to register. Questions, please contact the branch at 574-1771.

Tuesday, March 28: The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Robley Rex VA Medical Center, will host a town hall meeting for Veterans and their families to improve communication with, and hear directly from Veterans about their VA healthcare and benefits at 5:00 p.m. at Robley Rex VA Medical Center, 800 Zorn Avenue. Medical Center Director, Martin Traxler and Louisville Regional Benefit Office Director, David Davis will be in attendance to address questions and provide information relating to VA healthcare, benefits and claims.  Resource tables and staff members will also be available to provide valuable information on a variety of VA programs and services.  Veterans can apply for VA healthcare or check on the status of a VA claim “on-the-spot”. For more information on the services provided by the Robley Rex VA Medical Center, visit:  www.louisville.va.gov

Tuesday, March 28: "Money for the Bunny" karaoke fundraiser from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. at The Hub, 2235 Frankfort Avenue. Money raised at this event will be used to offset the fees for parade security and barricades. Cost to sing or nominate someone to sing is $25 and to vote is $2 per vote. Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, March 28: Carmichael's Bookstore, 2720 Frankfort Avenue, to host March Book Club at 7:00 p.m. Plan to discuss Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky. Open to the public. Questions, please call the store at 896-6950.

Wednesday, March 29: Crescent Hill Library, 2762 Frankfort Avenue, to host Booked for Lunch? at 1:00 p.m. Bring your sack lunch and sample “food for the mind” and discuss: Leaving Before the Rains Come, by Alexandra Fuller. Books available at Branch Circulation Desk. Questions, please contact the branch at 574-1793.

Wednesday, March 29: St. Matthews Library, 3940 Grandview Avenue, to host Legendary Women of Louisville from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Mildred and Patty Hill; Susan Look Avery; Mary T. Meagher; and Tori Murden McClure: these are just a few of the women who have made remarkable achievements, not only in Louisville, but nationally and internationally. Local architect and historian Steve Wiser will be discussing these legendary women along with many others. Questions, please contact the branch at 574-1771.

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